It’s that time of the year: the dreaded office Christmas party. Last year Ralph ended up photocopying his bottom and left 50 copies in the boss’ office… needless to say, he was in a spot of trouble. Although you cannot make sure your guests’ behaviour is flawless, you can ensure that you throw a perfect Christmas party with fabulous food and exciting entertainment!
1) Pick A Date
Christmas is an incredibly busy time of year, and although not everyone will be available for a certain date, you can ensure that the majority will be! Set a date and stick to it and make sure that you’re sending out a company email early on to guarantee a wholesome turnout!
Another thing to think about is whether to choose a date earlier in the week. Why? People love to party on Friday and Saturday nights, so a lot of venues mark up their prices on these nights. Although there will be far less productivity in the office the next day, you’ll be saving a lot of money!
2) Money, Money, Money
You’ll need to figure out how much money is being allocated for the party; times are tight but that doesn’t mean it has to be drinks around the photocopier with some budget crackers! Think about what the most important things are for the office party- food, drinks, décor, entertainment? This is a time to thank all of your employees for all of their hard work, so it’s important that you’re able to motivate them for the following year with a great party. If you’re looking for a top tip, we recommend holding back a little extra cash for any last minute emergencies!
3) Fully Stock The Bar
If there’s one thing that cannot be disputed, it’s that people at office parties can drink! People need to be able to relax and not think about work, and one of the best ways to do this is to ensure that you’ve got a system for payment for drinks. If your budget allows, go for an open bar. However, for those on a tighter budget, a part-paid bar with tokens or a pay-for-yourself system will work just as well. After all, with a few tipples, even Susan from Accounts can let her hair down!
4) Fill The Bellies
From buffets to sit-down dinners, consider what your budget will allow and plan for food. Give yourself plenty of time for this, as there will undoubtedly be a few vegetarians and people with allergies in the mix. Food choices can make or break a party, therefore it’s best to stick with the safer options – think chicken rather than smoked mackerel!
5) Entertain Me!
The last thing you want at the office Christmas party is for everyone to be talking about the one thing they have in common: work. Bands and DJs can appeal to a variety of tastes in music and they can always be a lot of fun! However, remember that not everyone loves a boogie; other forms of entertainment such as a magician or a casino table can add a real edge to your party, making it very memorable! Don’t forget a final thank you speech from the boss and you’re good to go.
The holiday season is a time to relax and celebrate, so whether you’re throwing a high-end party or a budget ball, get a happy band of volunteers behind you, plan ahead, and don’t fret! After all, what is the worst that could happen?
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